When it gets colder outside, and we’re all looking for something sweet and warm to help soothe the winter blues, it means it’s the perfect time to whip up some cannabis-infused honey.
You might have heard of cannabis honey made by bees, and about a French beekeeper and marijuana activist calling himself Nicholas Trainer-bee, who claimed he trained his bees to make honey from cannabis plants, but unfortunately this probably was a hoax.
Luckily it is very easy to make your own cannabis-infused honey at home.
Whether you spread it on your morning toast or stir it into your evening cup of tea, just make sure to take it easy. This stuff is potent!
If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the idea of cooking with weed, don’t be. Making cannabis honey is super simple.
The following recipe is with an estimated amount of marijuana. Remember that edibles can hit harder then you expect, so feel free to judge the amount according to your own experience. It is strongly advised to first learn how to calculate the strength of edibles.
- 11oz/325ml honey
- 3.5g cannabis flower
- ½ cup coconut oil (120ml approx)
- 2 Mason jars
- Before you start, make sure you decarboxylate your weed. To do so, roughly chop your cannabis flower, place it on a lined baking tray, and bake at 230°F (110°C) for roughly 30 minutes, stirring the weed with a wooden spoon every 15 minutes.
- Place the decarboxylated weed in a jam or Mason jar together with the coconut oil. Seal the jar with a lid.
- Pour some water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. You’ll need just enough water to submerge roughly half the jar.
- Place the jar into the boiling water. The heat will allow the cannabinoids and terpenes in the weed to be absorbed into the oil. Let the mixture infuse in boiling water for about 2 hours.
- After 2 hours, remove the infused oil from the saucepan and let it cool.
- Once cool, place the cheesecloth over a bowl and strain the oil into it. Remember to squeeze the strained flower and get all the oil into the bowl.
- Place the honey and infused coconut oil into a blender. Blend until creamy and smooth. Transfer the mixture into another jar, and voila!
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TIPS FOR MAKING CANNABIS-INFUSED HONEY
As you can see, making weed honey is super simple. Nonetheless, there are some quick tips you can follow to make sure your honey is extra potent and tasty:
Always decarboxylate your weed first: No matter how rushed or impatient you are, never skip the decarboxylation step outlined above. Decarboxylating helps ensure you get all those precious cannabinoids.
Use good weed: It’s simple; the better the weed, the better the honey.
Always use oil: Do not bother trying to infuse pure honey with weed. THC and other cannabinoids are only fat soluble and will not infuse into sugar, no matter how hard you try.
Cannaceutics is happy to announce we have added organic medicated honey and coconut oil to our products on offer! How cute is this guy?
Our organic cannabis honey comes in a 6-ounce “honey bear” container. As with most of our edibles, Cannaceutics makes its cannahoney with whole cannabis plant extract, and the oil is emulsified (mixed in) using lecithin, a natural food additive that ensures that the cannabis oil does not separate from the honey. Using cannabis extract rather than infusing the honey with flower buds kicks up the THC content and helps the honey to metabolize efficiently in our bodies, which means it’s very effective for pain! Our honey contains 318mgs of THC and 36.6mgs of CBD for the full bear. That breaks down to about 10mgs of THC per teaspoon and there are 32 teaspoons (doses) in the container. You can use the honey in the exact same ways you use non-medicated honey; for sweetening tea or coffee, on toast or in a peanut butter and honey sandwich, or you can substitute the honey for other sweeteners like white sugar (be sure to look up the equivalents for subbing a liquid sweetener: 2T of honey will generally not produce the same result as 2T of granulated sugar, especially if you’re baking.)
There are plenty of benefits to honey even when it’s non-medicated. Some people apply honey directly to the skin for wound healing, burns, and sunburn, or as part of a facial mask. Medicated honey might be even more effective for wound healing, since cannabis has shown promise in reducing acne and skin irritations like eczema. Honey has also been shown to reduce H.pylori bacteria, the cause of stomach ulcers.
Our new organic medicated coconut oil comes in a 3-ounce jar that contains 215mgs of THC and 25mgs of CBD. That’s about 36mgs of THC per tablespoon, or about 12mgs per teaspoon. The oil can also be used exactly as you would use regular coconut oil; most people use it for cooking or baking, but you can also toss a tablespoon into a smoothie for extra nutrition and medication, or even do a medicated version of bulletproof coffee, if you have a high-speed or immersion blender. Coconut oil can be used for an all-over moisturizer; it aids in wound healing and may lessen scarring. Combined with a few drops of an essential oil, it could even be used as a cannabis-infused massage oil!
There is a small catch, infusing cannabis into honey is almost perfect in every way, other than their in-ability to mix, or bind together. Cannabis needs a fat to bind with, and as honey has none in it, we have to create an infused oil, and then combine them!
In this recipe we are going to be using a cannabis infused coconut oil, from Starbuds. When you are deciding on a dose, keep in mind how much honey you would be using per serving. You aren’t going to be using all of this honey at once, after all! Instead of paying attention to the total MG of THC in the entire bottle, divide the total amount of honey, into approximate serving sizes. This way, you can better guess at the intensity of your cannabis infused honey.
You can use the chart below to appropriately dose your cannabis infused coconut oil. For beginners we recommend a serving size no bigger than 10mg of THC, it is always best to start low and go slow; you can always add more honey and increase the potency the next time you make honey!